Showing posts with label Ring of Honor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ring of Honor. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard Preview & Predictions

Welcome to an historic wrestling predictions column here at!  This Saturday night we'll see the first non-WWE wrestling show since 1960 to emanate from (and sell out no less) Madison Square Garden, the joint NJPW/ROH venture known as G1 Supercard!

Check this off the list of Things I Never Thought I'd See.  New Japan and Ring of Honor are playing the fuckin' Garden, WWE's home arena from its inception till right about now.  This show pissed Vince McMahon off so much he tried to legally cockblock them from doing it (further poking holes in his infamous bullshit line "Our philosophy has always been 'Help yourself, don't hurt the other guy.'").  Fortunately his litigious overture didn't hold any water, and this show sold out in literally minutes.  Not only that, but WWE actually moved their NXT special to the night before, so as to not have to compete with it.  Getting WWE to back down from a Mexican standoff is no small feat.

This show has all the potential to steal WrestleMania weekend (though TakeOver: Brooklyn should be incredible too), and at worst it will leave WrestleMania itself with a tough act to follow.

We have eleven matches on tap (one of which is a pre-show Honor Rumble), five of which by my count could easily be ****+ outings.  Let's get to the picks.

Honor Rumble

Only a handful of names have been announced for this so far, but since Jushin Thunder Liger is retiring next year I'll pick him to win.  Like the New Japan Rumble this will likely be a throwaway.

Justin: Thunder Liger (see what I did there?)
Landon: Liger

NEVER Openweight/ROH TV Championship: Will Ospreay vs. Jeff Cobb

The proper show will kick off with a helluva contest, as Ospreay takes on yet another big power broker (after impressive New Japan Cup showings with Lance Archer and Bad Luck Fale).  Like his WK13 opener with Ibushi, this has the potential to steal the show.  I'm not crazy about the idea of multiple titles on the line in the same match, but I'm not complaining about the pairings.  I have to think Will takes this; his momentum has been off the charts since late last year and I don't think now is the time to slow it down.

Justin: Ospreay
Landon: Ospreay, mostly because I'm biased and want to get a picture with him and both belts during the War of the Worlds tour.

Rush vs. Dalton Castle

I know little about either of these guys and from what I understand the expectations for this match aren't terribly high.  But we'll see.

Justin: I'll go with Castle
Landon: Rush

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ROH War of The Worlds 2017

The biggest show of this year's War of the Worlds tour is in the book. The third annual tour for New Japan stars in North America, and each of the four cards in the past week easily looked  to be Pay-Per-View caliber. Upon first glances at the four final cards, it looked to me that the New York City show was looking to be the least stacked, the whole show felt very thrown together last minute and banking on New Japan stardom to sell (which it id, but that's irrelevant in my argument). After the show was over, and glad that I shielded myself from spoilers, I found myself torn where the show was on the spectrum. Good? Great? Average? Maybe if I go through each match, I'll be able to piece the answer together easier.

Silas Young vs. Bobby Fish vs. Kushida vs. Dalton Castle
This was a very good opening match. It was ROH's trademark insanity to get the crowd up and ready to go for the rest of the show. However, several problems I have with the show overall can be found in this match. Look at the talent involved in this match; New Japan's Junior Ace, and a trio of Ring of Honor's biggest stars who hold at least a dozen World and Television title matches between them (Fish himself a former Television Champion). Putting these four in an opening, nothing match is very confusing move. Another glaring problem with this show was the length of the matches.Nine matches on the card, the longest of the matches went under fourteen minutes. I would have liked less, longer matches between the talent we had on this show. The way the event went, many of the matches felt both rushed to get to the end, while also coming off as really empty for content. Ultimately, Dalton Castle would win a short, but fast paced match, setting an unfortunate one for the night.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Archive of Honor: Respect Is Earned

I can't believe it's taken me a year and change to finally start talking about Ring of Honor on this site. The Phoenix of ECW has been my favorite Stateside wrestling company for years now, and I have enough DVDs in my collection from the past 15 years to last me as long as I want. I've wanted to do previews and reviews for ROH the whole time, but school, work, or other reviews got in the way. But a few days ago, I realized that today would be the 10th anniversary of Ring of Honors first ever PPV, Respect is Earned. And it happened that in my massive library expansion last month, Respect is Earned found it's way into my hands. So, if there was ever a reason to review the first DVD in my collection, it's this. Happy Ten Year Anniversary, you glorious Bastards.